Uchiyama Returns To Winners’ Circle At Busan Open Challenger

Yasutaka Uchiyama (photo: Busan Open Challenger)

BUSAN/STARNBERG, April 14, 2024

Japanese veteran Yasutaka Uchiyama is the champion of the 2024 Busan Open Challenger. The 31-year-old defeated South Korea’s Seongchan Hong 7-6(4), 6-3 in Sunday’s singles final.

Uchiyama battled his way to the title match of the ATP Challenger Tour 125 hard-court event through the top half of the draw with wins over No. 3 seed Sho Shimabukuro of Japan, Dane Sweeny from Australia, British qualifier Paul Jubb and Australian top seed James Duckworth.

The World No. 241 from Sapporo broke Hong’s serve three times and won 53 per cent of the total points played to prevail after two hours and three minutes.

By winning his sixth ATP Challenger Tour career title, his first since Ningbo, China in October 2019, Uchiyama pocketed $22,370 in prize money as well as 125 ATP Ranking points.

The tournament was held at the SOP1 Park Tennis Court in Busan, located on the southeastern coast of South Korea. The vibrant and dynamic city is known for its beautiful beaches, bustling markets, rich cultural heritage, and modern amenities. As South Korea’s second-largest city, Busan offers visitors a unique blend of traditional charm and contemporary attractions.

One of Busan’s most iconic landmarks is Haeundae Beach, a popular stretch of golden sand that attracts both locals and tourists alike. Here, visitors can enjoy sunbathing, swimming in the clear waters, and trying out various water sports activities. Nearby, the Haeundae area also features a vibrant nightlife scene with bars, clubs, and restaurants offering a wide range of entertainment options.